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Virginia Veterinary Medical Association

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A description of Complementary Medicine topics for the 2014 Virginia Veterinary Conference.

Saturday, March 1

Narda Robinson, DO, DVM, MS, FAAMA
8:00-9:00 am
Integrative Therapies – A Critical Appraisal
The field of integrative medicine ranges from the scientific to the absurd. Learn which treatments offer evidence-based benefits versus pose dangers to patients and public health.

9:00-9:55 am
Homeopathy – "Powerful Medicine” or "Powerful Placebo”?
Homeopathy refers to the treatment of disease with highly diluted substances that in undiluted form might cause similar symptoms. However, no study has been able to distinguish homeopathic remedies from control solutions, suggesting that clinical effects obtained from homeopathic remedies are similar to those provided by placebos.

10:10-11:00 am
Laser Therapy – Photomedicine Physiology
Learn the basics of photomedicine physiology so that you can better understand how it works and describe its effects to clients and colleagues.

Laser Therapy – Evidence-Based Clinical Applications
Laser therapy has several scientifically supported applications, from radiation-induced xerostomia to spinal cord injury.  The most common applications include pain (musculoskeletal, spinal, soft tissue, trauma, postoperative), degenerative joint disease, invertebral disk disease, spinal cord injury, and  various dermatologic disorders.

Medical Acupuncture – It’s About Science, Not Qi
It is time to move acupuncture out of its murky metaphoric beginning to modern understanding of its mechanisms. In this lecture, Dr. Robinson will cover the basics and illustrate how scientific acupuncture offers clinically meaningful benefits.

2:15-3:10 pm
Scientific Acupuncture, Systematic Reviews
The number of studies attesting to the value of acupuncture has grown to the point that a large number of systematic reviews have become available. Systematic reviews constitute some of the highest levels of evidence in medicine. The variety of conditions and patient populations studied in the list below speaks to the robust and diverse effects that result from neuromodulation stimulated by acupuncture.

3:20-4:10 pm
Medical Massage – How It Works and Why We Need It
Medical massage targets conditions based on medical diagnoses with the goal of producing readily identifiable benefits to patients. In this lecture, Dr. Robinson will discuss the fundamentals of medical massage, with special emphasis on bodywork as neuromodulation, as well as the contraindications and potential adverse effects of poorly or inappropriately performed massage.

4:10-5:00 pm
Medical Herbology – What Veterinary Schools Need to Teach
Despite the growing popularity of herbs, it is astounding how few healthcare practitioners and consumers understand the mechanisms, indications, risks, and benefits of plant-based medicines.  Learning how to sort fact from fiction in herbal medicine needs to become part and parcel of veterinary education.